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The Future of Charter Schools on their 25th Anniversary

November 2, 2016

5:30 – 7:30 PM

Roosevelt House, Hunter College

47-49 E 65th Street, New York NY 10065


Chester E. Finn, Jr.

Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus

Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Dr. Lauren Wells

Professorial Lecturer, American University School of Education

Former Chief Education Officer, City of Newark

In conversation with

Dr. David Steiner

Executive Director

Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy

On June 4, 1991, the Minnesota legislature enacted the nation’s first charter school law, leading to the opening of the country’s first charter school one year later in St. Paul.  Today, 43 states and the District of Columbia have charter laws in effect, and approximately 3 million children attend charter schools. 

With the 25th anniversary of this educational landmark upon us, please join the Hopkins-Hunter Forum for Education Policy for a conversation exploring the successes, challenges, and future of the charter school movement.   This discussion is anchored in Chester E. Finn’s latest book, Charter Schools at the Crossroads: Predicaments, Paradoxes and Possibilities, co-authored with Bruno V. Manno and Brandon L. Wright.  As we imagine decisions and developments to come over the next 25 years, our guests will also explore controversial issues such as backfilling, special education, and English language learners within the charter framework, and address how policymakers might minimize the variability in charter schools’ quality and move beyond the “no excuses” model. 


This event is sponsored by the Achelis & Bodman Foundation



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